Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year to all my Wonderful Friends wherever you are in the WORLD.

(photo taken from the internet)
My friends that
help me keep this
blog going !!

OLD  and  NEW,
I am thinking of YOU!!!


Here are just a few photos taken throughout the year.

Click on photo to enlarge.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Grazie alla mia amica Laura .........

for the beautiful Christmas card ..

"Natale at Notre Dame" Paris, 2010

I did look on the back and this is one
of Laura's photos,  she had it made into cards!!!
So sweet of Laura to remember me
and my love of Paris. 

Laura lives in another
 country I ♥♥♥....
Italy!! 

She lives in Amalfi ,
such a breathtaking place, and on
my list to see!! 

So while you wait for me to visit,
have a read of Laura's blog.. Ciao Amalfi
have a read and see her fabulous photos.
It is a brilliant blog!!!!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Meilleurs voeux à tous mes amis ......

et merci à ma belle amie Barbara,
pour cette belle carte de Noël!
Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Galeries Lafayette - Paris

I have a new found cousin (2nd)
and
il adore Paris, tout autant que moi!
(He adores Paris just as much as me)
 
Julian was  there recently
for a brief visit and took this photo.
 
 
How wonderful the store looks!!
 
Julian and I have never met, hopefully we
will soon and you never know it could
be in Paris!!
 
He has a brother and sister who
I have also  never met, they both live in
another place I ♥♥... Italy.
 
My cousin Valerie ( their mum ) and Gianni
 (their dad), live in Italy.  Valerie and I have
not seen each other since 1966. 
We also only spoke to each other for the
first time since then the other month.
 
I found Julian and his siblings through Facebook,
along with other members of my father's
side of the family.
 
The countries they live in are ...
Luxembourg, Italy, Malta, Denmark and South Africa!!
 
So I think I better get my ticket booked to visit
my cousin very very soon!! ♥

Monday, 20 December 2010

Winter Walk ....

Today I just had to go for
a little walk and get some
fresh air ...
bitterly cold but wrapped up !!!





It was so lovely to get out .. sun was out a little bit too!!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Little Robin Red Breast

from our kitchen window.....

having a little feed!

Don't worry, the feeder is clear on the other side !!
They can get the food.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

to all of you that have been over to read
or comment on here.   A big thank you
for all your wonderful comments over the last year.

Some of my friends
have had a very tough year ,
lets hope 2011 brings them happier and
lighter days.  That they may have
more Sunshine in their lives.. !!



Bon Natali e Prosperu Annu Novu

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Feliz Navidad y Prspero Ao Nuevo

Frohe Weihnachten

Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee!

С Новым Годом, Анн!!!

“Gelukkig kerstfeest!!”

Mele Kalikimaka e Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

UPDATE

From my Irish friend Gina..

"Nollaig Shona Duit"

and from my Polish Friend Ola ..

Wesołych Świąt

 
Hope you all have a wonderful
Christmas and a very
Happy New Year.

Stay SAFE and WARM!!


If I have missed any of your
greetings off here, please do
say, can add to my list.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

We are still in San Cirq Lapopie .....

I am going to post a few images
at a time,  of this fabulous place.


Also I am thinking how long
can I keep this blog going , if I don't
go anywhere!! 

My trip is nearly coming to the end!!

Oh well I am sure I can come up with
something, lets hope so!!

Monday, 6 December 2010

St Nicholas Day - 6th December - How do you celebrate?

Happy St Nicholas Day to you all....

Do you or your country celebrate??

According to this website,
we do celebrate it in the UK .. 
  I have never heard any mention 
of the day here, so might just 
be in a few towns.. !!

I did celebrate when 
I was a little girl
and lived 
in  Holland.


I am sure there are
wonderful Festas going
on around the world, hope
you get to enjoy and celebrate
at one!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Saint Cirq Lapopie .. Part two .....

Certainly a place to have
your camera ready .
So many twists and turns,
in the little lanes!




Thank you to you all for your fab comments,
without you this blog would of slowly
disappeared.  I  must apologize for  not
 coming over to most of your
blogs for a while ....

Sorry, family and relationships
have to come first!! I will be over
to visit you all soon.


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Going to take you to a Magical Place .....................

Saint-Cirq Lapopie
is a a beautiful
place and one not to be missed!




Laury and I took the bus and then
walked across the bridge with breathtaking
views, making our way up to the village.


The village is perched on a cliff
100 m (330ft) above the river
and is a major beauty spot
of the Lot valley.


Magical and Breathtaking,
a spectacular mystical place!!


Saint-Cirq Lapopie has lots  to offer,
shops, walks, cafes and restaurants.
And I have more to show you!!

Enjoy!!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Birthday wishes to a lovely friend.........

To my wonderful friend
Leesa


Wishing you a very Happy Birthday,
hope you have a lovely day.
Love and Best Wishes
Anne and Arni xxx

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Back on the road again... this time Villefranche de Rouergue

Jean, Laury and I took
a trip to this fabulous place.
You do need a car to get there
and Jean kindly drove.

View Larger Map


 Jean is a lovely
friend of Laury's who lives in Cadrieu.
She is not French nor American, she
is English and comes from Ipswich.
And spookily enough she used to
teach in the village where my
dad is buried and her granddaughter
works in the town where my youngest son lives!!!



On the way back we lost our way to
the carpark .. had a rough idea
but went down the wrong road.... we knew
where we had to head though, as I had taken
this photo from the carpark at the start of the trip !!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The little package I have been waiting for has arrived ..........

Back in October
I did a post for
which my friend Rosa
asked if I would like to take part
along with Bloggers in Italy and a few
other countries.

One of the ladies taking part ...
was JoAnne - Frutto della Passione..

JoAnne's post included a giveaway
of a $25 gift certificate to spend at
each item purchased generates funds for
for more free mammograms.

I was totally unaware of the certificate
but just left  a comment for JoAnne
about her great post
and  guess what?

I won the certificate. 
Could not believe it.!!

I had to go to the website and choose
a gift , which I can tell you took me a long
time, so many wonderful gifts on there, work out
how to pay and wait for the
 gift to come from America.

I knew this was the gift to choose
as soon as I saw the words
on the pendant...
the same as in my header!!
We can all make a difference
not only in October
but everyday!

Jack Frost has appeared ................



Makes you feel cold
just looking at the photos :-(

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Happy Wedding Day to Wonderful friends .......................

Carolyn and Clive


They  are getting married
today (sunday 14th November @ 5pm)
in Australia where they live.
Wishing you both
all the best for
the future.

Hope you have a
fantastic Day ♥♥♥

Love from us all.

I was very fortunate to meet these
two wonderful people in Paris
April 2009.

XXX

Friday, 12 November 2010

Beautiful flowers ......

to say a big
Thank you
to you all.

Click on photo to enlarge

 
Blogging is becoming
hard to keep up with and
to keep going, you have
all helped.

I do have quite a few
more posts to do, all still
to do with France, will
be here soon.

I try to reply to all
of your wonderful comments,
but miss quite a few.
I also try to read your blogs too!!!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

All my postcards are special..........

but this one is a

little bit

Xtra

special !

It was sent to me
by my cousin Valerie,
who I have had no
contact with until this
year since 1966!!

Facebook has its Pros and Cons,
This was a Pro :-)

I found a cousin and her daughter
 in South Africa, my second cousin
and his wife in Malta,
a second cousin in Denmark and 
 my cousin Valerie's grown up children,
who contacted her for me.


 To think that
Valerie and her family
have been living in
ITALY
all this time,
so close and we
never knew!


Thank you for the lovely card!
Hopefully see you soon xx

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Bloggers meet up .. and wonderful goodies....

Back in September I wrote
about a lovely  lady named Diane
whose blog is called

Diane splits her time between
Fance and the UK, until the
time that her husband can retire,
and the move will be permanant

What a shock and surprise
to find out that we live in the
same English Village.


And we met today!!!



Diane has a  very interesting story, so why not
have a read from the start!!

Look at the wonderful goodies
Diane brought for me..


An assortment of homemade confitures  and a ..........


Pumpkin from her garden...




Great to meet you Diane and a big Thank you for the goodies.

Things are a little bit hectic for Diane at the moment, but
I am sure we will meet up again soon.